How Turmeric Aids in Wound Healing

Injury to the skin is termed as wound. The wound can be an open wound with a cut in the skin or closed wound. Open and bleeding wounds are at high risk of infection and should be treated immediately to prevent loss of blood and infection.

Small open wounds like incision, abrasion and punctures can be treated at home using simple home remedies. Use of turmeric for wounds heals the cut, prevents infection and also reduces the pain.

Turmeric is used very often over wounds in India. This is especially true when there is no other medication available.

I can vaguely remember the first instance of using turmeric over a wound, I was around 7-8 years old and fell while learning to ride a bicycle, I got a cut in my knee.

My mom applied turmeric paste and then tied it up with a clean cotton cloth. I did visit a doc. next day but turmric paste was of help. We still use turmeric in case of minor cuts and bruises rather than using ointments.

Why is turmeric so useful in such cases? Curcumin, the therapeutic component of turmeric shows anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Hence, it treats a wide range of diseases and associated symptoms. Use of turmeric for wounds fastens the healing process and also reduces the risk of formation of scar.

How turmeric aids in wound healing?

A bit on how turmeric actually helps in healing wounds:

  • The antibiotic action prevents bacterial infection of the wounds by bacteria such as E.coli, staphylococcus and bacillus.
  • Anti-inflammatory action relieves inflammation.
  • The analgesic action relives pain.
  • Helps in formation of new skin cells and closes the wound.

Using turmeric for wounds

There are multiple ways of using turmeric over wounds. Turmeric powder can be applied directly at the wounded portion. For more benefits it can be used with other ingredients.

turmeric for wounds

  • Poulitice made of green flour, turmeric powder and mustard oil improves blood circulation when applied to the injured portion.
  • Turmeric bandage made of ghee, salt and water along with turmeric powder soothes the skin of the bruised area.
  • Make a paste using turmeric, olive oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E, aloe, beeswax, arnica, red clover, slippery elm and thyme oil. Apply this formula over the wound for quick relief.
  • Turmeric and linseed oil paste applied on the wound reduces pain and prevents infection.
  • Turmeric and ginger paste applied over the affected area reduces pain.

These remedies using turmeric for wounds should not be used as a replacement for medical advice especially for huge wounds and deep punctures with sharp objects.

How much turmeric is safe for daily intake?

The amount of turmeric to be taken daily depends on the condition for which it is being used and the form of turmeric being taken. Recommended daily dosage limit for turmeric is generally 400 to 600 mg and can be taken three times a day. Dosage for various forms of turmeric being taken includes:

  • 1.5 to 3 g of cut root.
  • 1 g to 3 g of powdered root.
  • 30 to 90 drops of fluid extract.
  • 15 to 30 drops of tincture.

However, the amount can be high while treating chronic conditions. Hence, consult the physician to know the right dosage of turmeric essential to treat the existing medical condition.

How to choose the right quality of turmeric?

Similar to other herbs it is important to choose right turmeric for wounds treatment. For example, my we get our turmeric powder directly from source we know very well. This is important because adultration in turmeric is very common. Using an adultrated one can actually cause more harm then benefit. Here are few things to be considered while purchasing turmeric.

  • Check for adulteration of the product. Turmeric adulterated with toxic materials is not safe to use.
  • Know about the manufacturing process. Avoid turmeric manufactured using stearates.
  • Know about the bio-availability of the turmeric. Turmeric mixed with adjuvants such as bromelain aids in easy absorption. It should also remain in the circulation for a long time.
  • Pick up only clinically tested turmeric supplements that are safe to use.
  • Choose organically cultivated turmeric to reduce the risk of pesticides.
  • Turmeric should be free of solvents like EDC.
  • Choose genuine products containing medicinal value. Avoid fake turmeric products that are sold as equivalent to natural turmeric.

My take on turmeric is – use it in case of minor cuts etc. without any issues. But in case of severe cases visit a doc. Another factor, which I have already highlighted is, use of good quality turmeric is very important for best results.

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  1. I’ve had several deep cuts, whenever I treat it with a paste of raw honey and turmeric, and seal it so no air will contact, the wound stays moist and protected, heals very fast with little scar tissue.

  2. Do not use turmeric on an open wound. Its a waste of time and it causes a lot of excess pain. Better to find an antibiotic ointment or something medically proven to heal and reduce pain. After 3 days of treatment my leg looks and feels much worse than if I had used nothing at all.

  3. Dear sir.. I have 1 round shape deep cuts in my face?…how to I will got normally in my face? Turmeric cream is good for me?

    1. Hi. Turmeric may help reduce the scars and accelerate wound healing but this depends on the age of the wounds. If it is a fairly old wound, turmeric may not be of help. You can apply a paste of turmeric with coconut/olive oil on the affected area 2-3 times a day. Leave for at least 20 minutes and then wash with cool water. Conduct a patch test prior. Also it is advisable to consult a dermatologist about it.

    1. Hi. You can make a paste of turmeric with coconut or olive oil and apply it to the affected area. Conduct a patch test prior. Turmeric does help with insect bites but we do not have any definitive resources regarding whether it would prevent the poison entry.

  4. My Aunt has leukemia. I am trying to go to laboratories and asking for a cure. But, they say i’m too young. How can i Make a cure?

    1. Turmeric is highly beneficial in wound healing. It can help in controlling bleeding and initiate scar formation. However please use with caution in case of open wounds and deep cuts because it depends on the quality of turmeric used, the condition of the wound and also whether turmeric suits you or no.
      Traditionally turmeric is sprinkled on a wound to control bleeding but it is advisable to mix good quality turmeric in organic coconut or olive oil to form a paste and apply it to a bandage or gauze and then cover the wound. Conduct a patch test prior.

        1. Hi. Turmeric may help in reducing the inflammation and swelling but we can’t comment to what extent it would help. Please consult a doctor about this.

    1. Ajeeth you can make a paste of turmeric powder with coconut oil and apply it to the affected area 2-3 times a day. You can cover the area with bandage or gauze and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. This should help in wound healing. Make sure you get good quality turmeric powder and conduct a patch test prior.

    1. Turmeric is good for skin and healing rashes and hence should help in heat rash. You can conduct a patch test prior. Mix adequate amount of turmeric powder in olive or coconut oil and apply to the affected region. Leave for 20-30 minutes and wash with cool water. Repeat twice a day.

      1. Can it be used on a stage 4 wound that is mostly healed. Can it help speed it up. If so how much of the olive or coconut oil and aloe etc. to use in the paste.

        1. Yes turmeric speeds up wound healing. Depending on the size of area affected you can take adequate quantity of turmeric powder and mix it with a few tablespoons of oil and aloe vera gel to form a paste like consistency. There is no specific ratio as such. Conduct a patch test prior.

    1. Turmeric helps in wound healing. Research does show that is useful in treating scars of caesarean section and keloids, but there isnt concrete evidence available on this. If it is an old scar it mostly wouldn’t help. For topical application make a paste of turmeric powder in olive/coconut oil and apply 1-2 times a day. Please do a patch test prior.